View Full Version : Nerdapalooza 2012

08-09-2012, 02:42 PM
Seeing the president (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=13310) is fun and all, but sometimes in life you have to get serious, so a few days later I went to Nerdapalooza (http://nerdapalooza.org/), Downtown Orlando's nerd music festival. It ran for three days but I only made it on the last day. The essence of the festival is music, so even if these pictures looked good (it was in a dim nightclub and I was too far back for the flash to help) they wouldn't do it justice. I encourage you to download the live recordings from previous years (http://nerdapaloozafest.bandcamp.com/) (they may not have this year's recordings up for many months).


At the entrance sat the Square Painter (http://squarepainter.deviantart.com/) Adam Shub, who paints screenshots.


I was hoping to buy one of the Final Fantasy 6 paintings (not pictured here are Edgar and Sabin), but all I could afford was a Rash (lower right).


The band Bit Brigade (http://www.bitbrigade.com/) had one person play through Contra while the other four played heavy metal renditions of each level's music. I took some pictures of the band but only this screenshot came out well.


Danimal Cannon (http://danimalcannon.bandcamp.com/) is a a one man band who played original music using Game Boys as accompaniment. It's techno in the purest sense of the word.


Brentalfloss and the Cartridge Family (http://brentalfloss.com/home.cfm) ("we don't work for you, you blow us") was one of the better showmen to play pretty straight adaptations of game music. He'd give a quick, spirited explanation of each pice of game music he'd play. Of the several picks he made for this show, I remember Dr. Mario's chill and Final Fantasy's bridge theme. He threw us peanut butter cups midway through his act.


While walking around for lunch I saw this office of law firm Morgan & Morgan. If you live in Florida you see ads for these guys everywhere.


I've been hearing about Mega Ran (http://megaran.com/) for a few years, and he was one of the best acts there. First, he rapped to instrumental backdrops of Final Fantasy 6, Mega Man 9, FF7. He often had us say backup lines like "Sephiroth", though the result didn't really sound like One Winged Angel.


I was most impressed by Mega Ran's improv section. He had us all pull random objects out of our pockets and he rapped a couple lines each about five of them. When he looked at fancy DSLR: "... pardon me, is that a video camera? No, that's still photography!"


Near the end of his act he put on his arm cannon.


Some acts put on big shows. In contrast, the NESkimos (http://neskimos.com/) just brought the music, including remixes of parts of F-Zero and Super Mario Bros. 3.


Their logo resembles a NES game with glitchy graphics.


Koo Koo Kangaroo (http://kookookangaroo.com/) was by far the most happy and cheerful band there. Their subject matter - rainbows, animals, etc. - was sterile enough for Sesame Street, but they brought more energy than any other band. Or rather, they brought out more energy from the audience than any other band since their act constantly had the audience do stuff. They do not contain happiness. They are made of happiness, and spread it like an infection!


The last act was The Protomen (http://www.protomen.com/), who played music from Queen. Queen didn't exactly strike me as nerdy, and I had a long drive home, so I left before they were done. Overall a great festival, and if I'm still in Florida this time next year I look forward to going again!

08-28-2012, 09:45 PM
Even though Nerdapalooza is exactly the sort of thing I love, I didn't make it out this year. My logic was simple enough: While last year there were a million acts I was already 100% certain i loved, this year was a bunch of dudes I had never heard of, and the ones I really wanted to see were a little too few and far between. Glad at least one tyrant got to see it though! GAMESPITE REPRESENT

That's okay though! Because I got to see everybody I TRULY cared about at THE DAY AFTER PART II: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO (http://www.facebook.com/events/338973326167693/408748235856868/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity)

Yes that was it's actual title.

I arrived quite late, and didn't get to see any of the earlier acts, but I DID get to see:

Rappy McRapperson and MC Wreckshin
These guys should be immediately familiar to anybody who hangs out in daytime tyrant radio with me. Their songs are goofy, dumb, gross and WONDERFUL. There is something pure and beautiful about an entire bar full of guys singing the chorus of "Show Me How to Blow Dudes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcWkzTT_DUY)". The set was a mix of collaborations (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spg7g4FCBBE), and their solo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbcsxM1q00) songs (http://youtu.be/dZAsei-IP7s), and I loved every second of it.

HD Ninja
These guys had the big stage at nerdapalooza all to themselves last year, and my god they earned it. Here they didn't have quite as much room to get up to their ridiculous dancing shenanigans, but they still did a great job. They also get a million billion points for actually preforming in those costumes.

The guy in the middle is indeed in a wheelchair. It takes serious guts to do any sort of stage act, and exponentially more to do so with what appears to be severe muscular distrophy. Also he's really good! Their last song was about Hentai, in which they all furiously thrusted at an anime blow up doll and then sprayed silly string at the audience. That makes them hilarious and awesome.

Former Fat Boys
At first I didn't like this guy as much as I liked the others, but it's possible that's because he was the first one I saw that I didn't have prior knowledge of. His performance started off a little too reliant on the videos he had going on the projector behind him, and while I would dig that stuff on Youtube, I think live shows are supposed to be more about the man on stage. I was all set to write him off as "Fun but not amazing", but then he did this:
And I was like, okay, I was wrong, you got guts.

King Pheenix
KPX is easily one of the most friendly, happy, and fun musicians I have ever met, and his sets are all the better for it. Everything the man does is just filled with so much enthusiasm and love that it's impossible for me not to like it. He had DJ RoboRob running his beats for him, which made the set way more dynamic and alive.

I somehow managed to miss getting a photo of Emergency Pizza Party, which is a shame since they're probably Orlando's biggest Nerdcore group. I'm not %100 percent sure I agree with the setlist, I was really hoping they would do Orlando (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3opZ6diYnoQ), I mean Rappy was in in the room and everything, but they still put on a hell of a show, and any excuse for MC Wreckshin to get on stage and do his crazy little bird dance is just fine with me.

Every time I go to one of random's sets I find myself wishing that he would do a few of his non nerdcore songs, but he never does. I guess that's knowing your audience, and it's not like his nerd stuff is bad, quite the opposite! He is easily the finest rapper to ever rap on chiptunes, but he has just as many great songs that have nothing to do with video games and I always wanna see them live too! Ah well. Maybe next time he's in town.

And I left halfway through MC Lars Set because I wasn't really digging it and fuck I was tired.

Outside of seeing the Performances, a huge part of the experience for me was getting to have actual conversations with a bunch of artists I totally dig. Most of them I had met before, to the point where MC Wreckshin, MC Shinobi, Quartz Relic (of Magitek) and King Pheenix all recognized me on sight and ran over to say hi. I also got to spend a few minutes talking to a very friendly Random and a very out of it Rappy McRapperson, as well as meet Starf and Sample the martian for the first time. Everybody was about as great a person as one can possibly be.

One of you guys asked me once why I love nerdcore so much.

How could I possibly not?

08-29-2012, 05:04 AM
I can't believe I forgot Emergency Pizza Party, editing.